After a Year in Hospice, Experts Hope Jimmy Carter’s Endurance Brings Awareness

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After a Year in Hospice, Experts Hope Jimmy Carter’s Endurance Brings Awareness

After a Year in Hospice, Experts Hope Jimmy Carter’s Endurance Brings Awareness

 

ATLANTA (AP) — Since Jimmy Carter entered hospice care at his home in south Georgia one year ago, the former U.S. president has celebrated his 99th birthday, enjoyed tributes to his legacy, and lost his wife of 77 years.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has spent a year in hospice, a time marked by personal milestones and public reflection.

After a Year in Hospice, Experts Hope Jimmy Carter’s Endurance Brings Awareness
After a Year in Hospice, Experts Hope Jimmy Carter’s Endurance Brings Awareness

 

Different Paths in Hospice Care

Rosalynn Carter, who died in Nov., about six months after the Carter family disclosed her dementia diagnosis, lived only a few days under hospice supervision, with her frail husband at her bedside.

Experts Highlighting the Range of Hospice Care

Experts on end-of-life care say the Carters’ different paths show the range of an oft-misunderstood service. Those advocates commend the Carter family for demonstrating the realities of aging, dementia, and death. They express hope that the attention spurs more Americans to seek out services intended to help patients and families in the latter stages of life.

Angela Novas, chief medical officer for the Hospice

Foundation of America, based in Washington, said, “It’s been massive to have the Carters be so public. It has shed hospice in a new light, and it’s raised questions” for people to learn more.

Public Influence of the Carter Family

The Carter family released a statement ahead of Sunday, the anniversary of their announcement that the 39th president would forgo future hospital stays and enter end-of-life care at home in Plains.

“President Carter continues to be at home with his family,” the statement said. “The family is pleased that his decision last year to enter hospice care has sparked so many family discussions across the country on an important subject.”

Uncertainty About Jimmy Carter’s Current Status

To be clear, the family has not confirmed whether Jimmy Carter remains in hospice care or has been discharged, as sometimes happens when even a frail patient’s health stabilizes.

Jimmy Carter, Hospice Care, Rosalynn Carter, End-of-Life Care, Dementia, Aging, Death, Awareness

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